Caleb Bankston - Survivor: Blood vs. Water

Seasons: 1 | Days played: 30.5 | Wins: 0 | Jury: 1

  • Survivor 27: Blood vs. Water (2013) - 9th place, 12th out - 3rd juror.
  • Voted out in Episode 11, "Gloves Come Off" (Day 29).
  • Eliminated in a duel in Episode 12, "Rustle Feathers" (Day 30).
  • Cumulative longevity totals: In-game - 29.5 days; Redemption Island - 1 day.

Caleb Bankston (1987-2014). His social media: twitter

Caleb Bankston - Career statistics

Challenge stats Tribal council stats Jury stats Overall stats
Season ChW ChA ChW% VFB VAP TCA TC% wTCR JVF TotJ JV% SurvSc SurvAv
S27: Blood vs. Water 0.57 6.61 0.09 9 4 10 0.90 3.15 - - - 0.98 3.72
Career 0.57 6.61 0.09 9 4 10 0.90 3.15 - - - 0.98 3.72

 

Caleb Bankston - Performance ranks

Challenges: MPF percentile

30%

Tribal: VFB% percentile

89%

Tribal: rVAP percentile

88%

Performance ranks are a quick visual measure of the contestant's season vs. historical data from all prior contestants, in three basic (scorable) categories:

1. Performance in individual challenges (MPF), as a measure of "physical game";

2. Ability to vote people out consistently (VFB%, or VFB/TCA), or "strategic game"; and

3. Ability to avoid being voted against (rVAP, or TCA-VAP) - which scales better than a percentage would - for "social/strategic game."

See also: Full glossary for all these abbreviations.

 

Caleb Bankston - Challenge record
Survivor 27 logo S27: Blood vs. Water

Slide Show - Ep5 RC/IC

Tribal/team challenge record (3-for-7):

  • Blood vs. Water Ep. 1 RC/IC: "Blue Lagoon Bustle" - Part of Tadhana's puzzle-blowing team, Tadhana loses.
  • Blood vs. Water Ep. 2 RC/IC: "In The Barrel" - "Participates" by rooting on Hayden, Tadhana loses again.
  • Blood vs. Water Ep. 3 RC/IC: "Sumo at Sea" - Watches silently as Tadhana loses once again.
  • Blood vs. Water Ep. 4 RC/IC: "Boats, Brains and Brawn" - Paddles for Tadhana, Tadhana loses again.
  • Blood vs. Water Ep. 5 RC/IC: "Slide Show" - Scores twice (vs. Gervase, Tyson), and Tadhana wins 5-2.
  • Blood vs. Water Ep. 6 RC/IC: "Buoy Oh Buoy" - Now with New Tadhana, swims. Tadhana wins!
  • Blood vs. Water Ep. 7 RC/IC: "Chain Reaction" - Retrieves bags for Tadhana, and Tadhana wins again, 3-2.

 

Pesky Palate - F10 IC

Individual challenge record (0-for-5): (Mean % finish: 49.2%)

  • Blood vs. Water Ep. 8 IC: "Flash Back" - Eliminated on the third item (tie-9th/11).
  • Blood vs. Water Ep. 9 Final 10 IC: "Pesky Palate" - Eliminated in the second round (tie-4th/10).
  • Blood vs. Water Ep. 9 Final 9 IC: "Balancing Point" - Sixth person eliminated (4th/9).
  • Blood vs. Water Ep. 10 IC: "Splash Back" - Second person to drop out (2nd/8).
  • Blood vs. Water Ep. 11 IC: "Wrist Assured" - Second person to drop out (3rd/4).

 

Hero challenge/ duel record (0-for-1): (Mean % finish: 33%)

  • Blood vs. WaterEp. 12 duel: "House of Cards" - Eliminated, after a last-minute collapse (3rd/3).
Career totals - challenges
Team/tribal challenges
Wins: 3
Played: 7
Win%: 0.43
Sat out: --
Individual challenges
Wins: 0
Played: 5
Win%: 0.00
Mean% Finish: 49.2%
Hero challenges/duels
Wins: 0
Played: 1
Win%: 0.00
Mean% Finish: 33%
Caleb Bankston - Tribal Council record
Survivor 27 logo  S27: Blood vs. Water

Ep4 Tribal Council

Idols held/played (0/0):

  • Blood vs. Water: None.

 

VFB - Votes for the person booted (9/10):

 

VAP - Votes against (4):

  • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 11: Four votes, from Tyson, Gervase, Monica, and Ciera (voted out, 4-3).

 

Jury votes made (1/1):

  • Blood vs. Water, Ep. 14: Voted for Tyson Apostol (who won, 7-1-0).
Career totals - Tribal Council
Hidden idols/ advantages
Advantages held/played: 0/0
Idols found: 0
Idols played: --
Votes voided: --
Voting record
VFB: 9
Tribals: 10
VAP: 4
Jury votes
Made: 1
For winners: 1
Received: --
Caleb Bankston - Pictures
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    Blood vs. Water intro shot
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    S27 CBS pre-game interview, with Colton
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    Night Zero, getting dropped off with Colton
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    Morning 1, pre-tribal split. Listening to Laura M.
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    Watching Colton talk to Probst, morning 1, pre-tribal split
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    Morning 1 tribal split - hugs
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    Early confessional, hoping Colton can find some Redemption this season
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    Now on Tadhana, admiring the new buffs
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    Laura B leaves Tadhana, Morning 1
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    At Tadhana camp, listening to Brad swear he'll give 100% in challenges
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    In camp, circa Ep1
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    Talking to Rachel, Tadhana beach
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    Disrobing in Tadhana camp, circa Ep1
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    Getting a great reception from Marissa, circa Ep1
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    Listening to Tadhana's first treemail
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    Listening to Galang gloat about having fire, pre-Ep1 RC/IC
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    Full Tadhana tribe, pre-Ep1 RC/IC
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    Listening to Probst
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    Pre-challenge lecture
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    Starting line, Ep1 RC/IC
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    Watching the rowers
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    Working on the Tadhana puzzle
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    With Katie and Ciera, Tadhana puzzle table
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    The losing Tadhanas
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    Discussing the boot with the men's alliance
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    Late Ep1 confessional
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    Full Tadhana tribe, Ep1 Tribal Council
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    Listening to the Ep2 duel treemail
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    Watching Marissa not lose, Ep2 duel
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    Strategy talk with the Five Guys
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    Tadhana arrives at the Ep2 RC/IC
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep2 RC/IC
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    Waiting for the barrel team to arrive
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    Watching Hayden play skee-ball
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    Tadhana leaves for the Ep2 Tribal Council
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    Tadhana, Ep2 Tribal Council
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    Watching Marissa yell at Brad, Ep3 duel
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    Looking over at Colton, pre-Ep3 duel
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    Colton wants to do what?
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    Hugging Colton goodbye
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    Watching as Colton quits
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    Candice wins! Ep3 duel
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    Getting pre-challenge tips from Brad
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    Watching Katie lose to Laura B, Ep3 RC/IC
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    Listening to John's pick of whom to boot
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    Hearing who's actually getting booted
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    Tadhana hikes to the Ep3 Tribal Council
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    Tadhana, Ep3 Tribal
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    Alarmed by Brad's decision to go with pairs at the merge, post-Ep3 Tribal
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    Tadhana, Ep4 duel
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    Hearing more Brad strategy in camp, just as alarming, post-Ep4 duel
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    Going over options with Vytas and Hayden
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    Listening to Probst, pre-Ep4 RC/IC
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    Getting Tadhana to an early lead
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    Tadhana gathers crates
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    Oops
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    Still neck-and-neck as the crates get hauled onshore
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    Watching Ciera and Vytas work the Ep4 RC/IC puzzle
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    With the Five Guys Minus John (and Brad)
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    Expressing further concerns about Brad
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    Ah, there's Brad, finally
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    Tadhana tribe, Ep4 Tribal Council
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    About to announce his changed voting plans
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    I don't want you to go home, Ciera
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    Horns, Ep4 Tribal Council
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    Getting reassurances from the freshly booted Brad
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    The Caleb that ate the canary
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    Basking in the afterglow of Brad's boot, early Ep5
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    Hanging out with Vytas, Ep5
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    Getting to hear about Vytas's exciting rashes
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    Presented without comment: 'Big kahunas.'
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    Ha ha, Tadhana thinks they could actually win a challenge
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep5 RC/IC
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    Taking on Gervase, first face-off in the Ep5 RC/IC
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    Watching Vytas beat Aras
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    Tadhana wins!
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    Watching Vytas get a clue that he promptly burns, Ep6 duel
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    With the new Tadhana (mostly) dudes, Ep6 swap
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    Enjoying Tyson's generosity
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    Hearing Tyson point out Aras's social deficiencies
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    New Tadhana, ready to win the Ep6 RC/IC
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    Starting line
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    Watching the puzzle stage
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    New Tadhana wins!
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    Time for hugs
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    Getting his first look at the new Galang tribe, Kat voted out at the last Tribal Council, Ep7 duel
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    Watching Kat negotiate swapping out with Hayden, pre-Ep7 duel
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    Watching everyone else hug Hayden, post-Ep7 duel
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    Listening to Tyson's plan to break up Aras-Vytas
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    Tadhana, ready to win the Ep7 RC/IC
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    Starting line
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    Gathering bags
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    Watching the bolo stage
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    Waiting for Tyson to win it
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    Tadhana wins. Yay, etc.
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    Racing to the food, Ep7 reward
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    Feasting, Ep7 reward
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    Watching the pre-duel lecture, Ep8 duel
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    Yay! Merge time!
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    Blocked out by Monica at the merge feast, Ep8
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    Merge feasting
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    More merge feasting
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep8 IC
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    Listening to Probst
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    Got one right, at least
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    On the bench with the other losers
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    Waiting for the Aras-vs-Vytas outcome, Ep8 IC
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    Hiding behind driftwood, Ep8
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    Kasama heads to Tribal, Ep8
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    Kasama tribe, Ep8 Tribal Council
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Final 10 IC
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    Ready to go for Round 1, gross food challenge
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    Trying to keep it down
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    On to round two, Final 10 IC
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    A gutty performance
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    Sitting in camp with Hayden
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    Final 10 Tribal Council
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Final 9 IC
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    Final 9 IC, already in progress
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    Still in it
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    Trailing Tina to prevent her finding an idol that isn't there
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    More fun times in the jungle
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    Getting ready to watch the Ep10 duel
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    Sitting quietly in camp, Ep10
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    Getting the boot scoop from Tyson
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    More sitting quietly in camp with Hayden
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep10 IC
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    Trying not to splash back
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    Hoping Monica picks him for the Ep10 reward feast
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    Getting picked (along with everyone else)
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    Appetizing
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    'I still think we should vote Katie' (they don't)
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    Kasama tribe, Ep10 Tribal Council
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    More fun times at Ep10 Tribal
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    Listening to Hayden's plan to target Tyson, Ep11
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    Getting a skeptical buy-in from Katie
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    Trying to recruit Ciera... oops
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    More sitting around camp with Hayden
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    Listening to the Ep11 IC treemail
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    Pre-challenge lineup, Ep11 IC
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    Pre-Ep11 IC. One will win, the other will fall
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    Choosing to compete in the Ep11 IC
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    All the choices
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    Ready to go, Ep11 IC
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    Wrist assured
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    Still in it
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    Trying to flip Ciera's betrayal back around on her
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    Maybe he is, Caleb. Maybe he is.
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    Getting a parting confessional, Ep11
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    Original Tadhana voting bloc at the Ep11 Tribal Council
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    Full Kasama tribe, Ep11 Tribal
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    Silently observing Tribal Council
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    Amusedly observing Tyson fishing out his idol
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    Dang
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    Snuffed, Ep11
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    Not looking at the people who voted him out, pre-Ep12 duel
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    Listening to Probst, pre-Ep12 duel
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    The foolish man built his house upon the stand. (Well, technically he had to. But still: Foreshadowing.)
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    Nearing the arbitrary 30-minute time limit.
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    Now racing Tina to stay alive in 2nd place, Ep12 duel
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    Not looking good for Caleb...
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    Crashed out.
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    End of the (30-minute) line, Ep12 duel
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    Giving Tina a hug
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    Debriefing with Probst
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    Burning his buff on the way out
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    Yukking it up on the jury with the Baskauski, Ep12 Tribal Council
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    Not loving the final four Tribal Council, Ep14
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    Final Tribal Council, Ep14
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    Addressing the Final Three
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    Voting for the winner
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    With the cleaned-up jurors, Blood vs Water reunion
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    Blood vs Water reunion show
Caleb Bankston - Interviews
Survivor 27 logo  S27: Blood vs. Water

Pre-game interviews

  • Gordon Holmes at MoreWhatnot.com (9/5/13): "Colton and Caleb: 'There's No Excuse for What I Said'"

 

Post-game interviews

  • Rob Cesternino at RobHasAPodcast (12/5/13): "Talking With the Latest Eliminated Player from Survivor -12/05/13"
  • Gordon Holmes at MoreWhatnot.com (12/5/13): "Caleb: Gervase & Tyson 'Weren't Being 100% With Us'"
  • Daniel Fienberg at HitFix.com (12/8/13): "Caleb Bankston talks Survivor: Blood vs. Water"

 

Obituaries

  • In Memoriam: Steve Helling's People article about Caleb's tragic death (6/24/14)
Caleb Bankston - Bio
Survivor 27 logo  S27: Blood vs. Water

From his (and Colton's) pre-game interview with EW's Dalton Ross: (8/21/13)

"Colton became one of Survivor's most hated contestants ever after the way he treated his tribemates on One World, and his fiancé Caleb is hoping this season's cast doesn't hold it against him. 'His downfall would be people coming in knowing who Colton is,' says Caleb. 'Putting that target on his back because of how he played the game last time and not giving him a chance. And I'm hoping that in his sincerity that they won't just think he's being fake.' Colton says he's in a much better emotional place this time around. 'I'm a lot happier and I'm a lot more at peace going in than last time,' he says. 'So I'm excited about where I am. I'm super excited this guy is here, and I'm hoping Dalton Ross likes me this time.' We'll see…"


From his (and Colton's) official CBS bio page:

"Occupation: Post Office Manager/Farmer

Personal Claim to Fame: Shooting a 12 point buck on my first deer hunt.

Inspiration in Life: My momma and dad. They built a small five acre farm into a large cattle/chicken operation and have helped me more than I deserve or could ever return. They are very hard working and focused people and they have taught me how to be a man.

Hobbies: Riding horses, working with my dogs and hunting/fishing.

Pet Peeves: People who don’t put down their cell phones.

3 Words to Describe You: Hard-working, hard-headed and outdoorsman.

If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1) My duck call 2) My camouflage Alabama hat 3) A gallon of sweet tea

Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: JT because we both farm, we are both tough and can do just about anything. We aren’t stupid just because we talk slow.

Reason for Being on SurvivorShowing America how farm boys from Alabama do things.

Why You Think You’ll “Survive” Survivor: I can definitely outlast anybody and I won’t have any enemies.

Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I am very good at working with my hands, really good at figuring things out and problem solving.

What Does It Mean to You to Play Survivor with Your Loved One? Survivor made Colton realize a lot of things he didn’t know about himself. Some things were good and some were not so good. He grew so much from that experience and I wish I could have been there to experience it with him. When we learned it was a possibility that we could play Survivor together, I jumped at the chance because as much as he grew as a person from the first time playing, I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that our relationship could withstand anything and it would only be strengthened through Survivor. However, on a selfish level, I wanted to help show America what love looks like because it doesn’t matter whether it is between two men, two women, or a man and woman. Love is love and I love Colton."